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Speaker details

Frank E. Blokland

Owner Dutch Type Library | Netherlands

Frank E. Blokland is type designer (of, amongst others, DTL Documenta and DTL Haarlemmer), Senior Lecturer ‘Letters’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague since 1987 and Professor at the Plantin Society in Antwerp since 1995. Frank founded the Dutch Type Library in 1990 and a couple of years later he initiated and supervised the development of DTL FontMaster, a set of professional font tools developed together with URW++. Currently he is doing a PhD study at Leiden University on the harmonics, patterns and dynamics in formal typographic representations of the Latin script.

Presentation details

TypeTools Forum by DTL

TypeTech FMW | Room Palace B
Thursday 18 September | 09:30 – 09:40

Theme TypeTools by DTL | Duration: 10 minutes

Opening of Day 2 of the TypeTools forum, ATypI TypeTech/TypeTools forum’s second track. The first day is presented by Fontlab Ltd, the second day is presented by Dutch Type Library (DTL).

Automating font production processes

TypeTech FM01 | Room Palace B
Thursday 18 September | 09:40 – 10:30

Theme TypeTools by DTL | Duration: 50 minutes

The very versatile and easy to edit Ikarus based file structure of DTL FontMaster, in which the glyph descriptions are cleverly kept separated from metrics and naming info, is tailored for sophisticated organizing and batching font production processes and for which reproducibility and stability are keywords. The following subjects (amongst others) will be explained in detail: Glyph databases: organizing, building, merging and enhancing. Glyph mapping: managing Character Layout files. Name tables: editing UFM and OpenType Layout features files. Metrics: metrics and kern pairs editing/generation. OpenType Layout features: editing features files and automating the features generation. Font generation: batching (with command files).

Automating type design processes

TypeTech FM02 | Room Palace B
Thursday 18 September | 11:00 – 11:50

Theme TypeTools by DTL | Duration: 50 minutes

Not only font production processes can be automated; to a certain extend also the type design process can be done by software itself. An introduction on the (possible) automation of type design processes and the presentation of the first version of the DTL LetterModeller application. This presentation is partly based on the PhD research on Harmonic systems in the Latin script that the speaker is currently doing at Leiden University.

Crossing borders
The best of different worlds

TypeTech FM05 | Room Palace B
Thursday 18 September | 15:00 – 15:50

Theme TypeTools by DTL | Duration: 50 minutes

Running FM under Mac OS X / X11 and Linux in a Wine bottle. Integrating FM in workflows based on other font production tools. TypeTech attendees who use third party software are invited for a direct comparison of the functionality of their font production tools with FM’s and to discuss (the necessity of) possible workflow integrations (or even migration).

To celebrate a long lasting co-operation

TypeTech FM06 | Room Palace B
Thursday 18 September | 16:20 – 17:10

Theme TypeTools by DTL | Duration: 50 minutes

The Dutch Type Library and URW have been working together for more than seventeen years in the field of font (tools) production now and we would like to celebrate this long lasting co-operation and friendship — together with all ATypI TypeTech Forum attendees — with some good food and drinks. Also the booklet “Comprehensive Notes on the Design of Cyrillic Letters” by the Finnish type designer Hanna Hakala and typeset in the preliminary version of DTL Valiance will be presented here.

Now, then and perception

Session A09 | Room Palace A
Saturday 20 September | 10:30 – 11:20

Theme Revivals | Duration: 50 minutes

One needs a thorough knowledge of the historical development of the trades of the type designer, the font vendor and the typographer within the different style periods in order to determine one’s place in time and space is needed. Modern typographers make use of and mix typefaces from the different style periods without hesitation. Perhaps eclecticism is the main characteristic of our time. The image that people have of historical typefaces is in many cases based on revivals — perhaps without realizing that these revivals show as much of the original style period as of the period in which they were made. The view on history changes constantly. Frank E. Blokland will try to give more insight in the perception of the historical developments in the world of type, illustrating his point by showing parallels in the authentic music practice and in painting, especially what he calls the ‘Van Meegeren Aspect’.

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